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Mary's Weekly Update 4-14-17

posted Apr 14, 2017, 11:14 AM by Cynthia Friedman

State Testing

We are scheduled to begin state testing this month.  We will begin with some practice sessions to gain familiarity with the interface, and then start testing in earnest from the third week of April.  We will have plenty of time to finish before the end-May closing time.  Please feel free to contact myself or the office if you have any questions.

Project Fair

The Project Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 25th, from 3:15 to 4:15pm and from 6:00 to 7:00pm.  All cultural projects will need to be complete and ready to present at that time. If your student needs tri-fold poster board for their project, it can be purchased from the office for $3. For the fair itself, all students will need to attend one or both of the sessions and be present in the classroom to explain their project to the attendees.  I will send out more information about the Project Fair as we approach the date.


Parent Survey Deadline Extended

Please take the parent survey! Only 44 people have completed the survey as of April 6!  It provides information that various school groups use to make decisions for the coming year. Please remember to record the time it takes you to complete the survey in your volunteer hour log.  Please keep in mind the survey results are shared with all Ridgeline stakeholder groups. If you have specific concerns, we encourage you to directly communicate with the appropriate staff member.  Please complete the survey by Friday, April 14.


Supply Fee for 2017-18

We are now taking supply fee payments for the 2017-18 school year. The fee is $75 per student.  Please make checks out to Ridgeline Montessori and drop them off in the office. Financial assistance forms are also available in the lobby or online.  Supply fees are due April 28.

Discussion About 2017-18 School Hours

Ridgeline has one of the latest elementary dismissal times in the district. Many after school activities start by 3:30pm and our families have been taking their kids early from school in order to arrive on time for these activities. Our later morning start time has not coordinated well with the LTD schedule either. The Site Council has been discussing the possibility of shifting the school day. Determining start and release times for the school day that work best for everyone is an impossible task. Finding a time that has the most positive outcomes with the least number of disadvantages for our community is what we have sought out. The overwhelming feedback we have received is that shifting the start of the school day forward to 8:30am, thereby making the release time 3:05pm, would have a positive effect on accessibility of after school activities, especially with an across town commute.  There will always be people whom may not be as excited about the change, but the motivation for the change is to make an improvement for our students and parents, and to minimize the impact to the office and classrooms with students leaving early.  Thank you in advance for working with us on this topic. The Site Council will be making a decision on the 2017-18 school hours at their May 1st meeting. Please attend the meeting or email your input to Site Council at sitecouncil@ridgeline.org by April 28.

Grief Support Resources

Information on grief, different grieving styles, and supporting children through grief can be found here on the school website: https://sites.google.com/a/ridgeline.org/home/forms-and-resources

These resources may also be useful:

• The National Center for Grieving Children & Families: http://www.dougy.org/

• How to help a grieving child: https://www.dougy.org/grief-resources/help-for-kids/

• The National Alliance for Grieving Children: https://childrengrieve.org/how-provide-understanding-and-support-grieving-children-0

Track Town Pizza Monday, April 17th

Mark your calendars! Come to Track Town Pizza at 1809 Franklin Boulevard for a day of fundraising. Bring the flyer (to be sent home Friday, April 14th) in and Ridgeline Montessori School will receive 50% of the food purchased* towards in-house or pickup (to-go) orders.    If you don't need pizza that day, come by and purchase a gift certificate for a friend or later time and our group will receive 25% of the value of the gift certificate purchased.   Restaurant hours are 11am to midnight, and you can call in an order on 541-284-8484.

*Buffet and slices excluded, only whole pizzas, soup and salad, no discounts or coupons may be used to negatively affect your fundraiser.


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Thursday, 4/13                     Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Friday, 4/14                           Parent Survey Due

Friday, 4/14                           Lottery Acceptance Deadline

Friday, 4/14                           Lower-el Parent Input Forms Due

Monday, 4/17                        Track Town Pizza Fundraiser

Wednesday, 4/19                 All School Panoramic Photo 11am

Friday, 4/21                           Upper-el Parent Input Forms Due

Mon. 4/24-Fri. 4/28            Volunteer Appreciation Week

Tuesday, 4/25                       Project Fair 3:15-4:15pm & 6-7pm

Thursday, 4/27                     Volunteer Appreciation Tea 2:30-3:13pm

Friday, 4/28                           2017-18 Supply Fees Due ($75 per student)

Mon. 5/1-5/5                         Staff Appreciation Week

May                                           Bike & Walk to School Month


Mary's Weekly Update 4-7-17

posted Apr 7, 2017, 11:14 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Birthday Bash

We will be holding our April Birthday Bash on Friday, April 14th.  Please feel free to send in a healthy snack to share with the class.

 

State Testing

We are scheduled to begin state testing this month.  We will begin with some practice sessions to gain familiarity with the interface, and then start testing in earnest from the third week of April.  We will have plenty of time to finish before the end-May closing time.  Please feel free to contact myself or the office if you have any questions.

 

Project Fair

The Project Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 25th, from 3:15 to 4:15pm and from 6:00 to 7:00pm.  All cultural projects will need to be complete and ready to present at that time. If your student needs tri-fold poster board for their project, it can be purchased from the office for $3. For the fair itself, all students will need to attend one or both of the sessions and be present in the classroom to explain their project to the attendees.  I will send out more information about the Project Fair as we approach the date.

 

Parent Survey Deadline Extended

Please take the parent survey! Only 44 people have completed the survey as of April 6!  It provides information that various school groups use to make decisions for the coming year. Please remember to record the time it takes you to complete the survey in your volunteer hour log.  Please keep in mind the survey results are shared with all Ridgeline stakeholder groups. If you have specific concerns, we encourage you to directly communicate with the appropriate staff member.  Please complete the survey by Friday, April 14.

 

Supply Fee for 2017-18

We are now taking supply fee payments for the 2017-18 school year. The fee is $75 per student.  Please make checks out to Ridgeline Montessori and drop them off in the office. Financial assistance forms are also available in the lobby or online.  Supply fees are due April 28.

 

Discussion About 2017-18 School Hours

Ridgeline has one of the latest elementary dismissal times in the district. Many after school activities start by 3:30pm and our families have been taking their kids early from school in order to arrive on time for these activities. Our later morning start time has not coordinated well with the LTD schedule either. The Site Council has been discussing the possibility of shifting the school day. Determining start and release times for the school day that work best for everyone is an impossible task. Finding a time that has the most positive outcomes with the least number of disadvantages for our community is what we have sought out. The overwhelming feedback we have received is that shifting the start of the school day forward to 8:30am, thereby making the release time 3:05pm, would have a positive effect on accessibility of after school activities, especially with an across town commute.  There will always be people whom may not be as excited about the change, but the motivation for the change is to make an improvement for our students and parents, and to minimize the impact to the office and classrooms with students leaving early.  Thank you in advance for working with us on this topic. The Site Council will be making a decision on the 2017-18 school hours at their May 1st meeting. Please attend the meeting or email your input to Site Council at sitecouncil@ridgeline.org by April 28.

 

Grief Support Resources

Information on grief, different grieving styles, and supporting children through grief can be found here on the school website: https://sites.google.com/a/ridgeline.org/home/forms-and-resources

 

These resources may also be useful:

• The National Center for Grieving Children & Families: http://www.dougy.org/

• How to help a grieving child: https://www.dougy.org/grief-resources/help-for-kids/

• The National Alliance for Grieving Children: https://childrengrieve.org/how-provide-understanding-and-support-grieving-children-0

 

Track Town Pizza Monday, April 17th

Mark your calendars! Come to Track Town Pizza at 1809 Franklin Boulevard for a day of fundraising. Bring the flyer (to be sent home Friday, April 14th) in and Ridgeline Montessori School will receive 50% of the food purchased* towards in-house or pickup (to-go) orders.    If you don't need pizza that day, come by and purchase a gift certificate for a friend or later time and our group will receive 25% of the value of the gift certificate purchased.   Restaurant hours are 11am to midnight, and you can call in an order on 541-284-8484.

*Buffet and slices excluded, only whole pizzas, soup and salad, no discounts or coupons may be used to negatively affect your fundraiser.

 

RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Thursday, 4/13                     Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Friday, 4/14                           Parent Survey Due

Friday, 4/14                           Lottery Acceptance Deadline

Friday, 4/14                           Lower-el Parent Input Forms Due

Monday, 4/17                        Track Town Pizza Fundraiser

Wednesday, 4/19                 All School Panoramic Photo 11am

Friday, 4/21                           Upper-el Parent Input Forms Due

Mon. 4/24-Fri. 4/28            Volunteer Appreciation Week

Tuesday, 4/25                       Project Fair 3:15-4:15pm & 6-7pm

Thursday, 4/27                     Volunteer Appreciation Tea 2:30-3:13pm

Friday, 4/28                           2017-18 Supply Fees Due ($75 per student)

Mon. 5/1-5/5                         Staff Appreciation Week

May                                           Bike & Walk to School Month

 

Mary's Weekly Update 3-10-17

posted Mar 10, 2017, 1:02 PM by Cynthia Friedman

PJ and Reading Day

We will be holding a Pajama and Reading Day on Friday, March 24th.  Students will be able to dress in their favorite fuzzy pajamas and slippers and settle down with their favorite book.  They will also be able to bring in a snack to share (just like our Birthday Bash).


State Testing

We are scheduled to begin state testing the third week in April.  Parent information forms about this testing, including the opt-out form, are available at the main office. If you have any questions, please contact Principal Sharon Dursi Martin at sharon.martin@ridgeline.org


Site Council Parent Representative Needed

The Ridgeline Community Organization (RCO) is searching for intrepid souls who are interested in representing the parents on Site Council.  Parent reps should be willing to serve for 3 years—attending both the monthly Site Council and RCO meetings. Each year we work on several projects including the Parent Survey, annual calendar, and the School Improvement Plan (SIP). Interested parties should submit a paragraph explaining who you are and why you’re interested in the position, along with a photo, to be published in an upcoming eNews. These Contact Cynthia in the office if you have any questions about this position. The deadline for submission is March 24. The next Site Council meeting is Monday, March 20, 6-7:30pm. Interested parents are encouraged to attend this meeting.


3 Weeks Left to Buy Shingles

The Ridgeline Rising campaign has three weeks left; there’s still time to donate and help! Share this link – http://bit.ly/2dFWGqM – to spread the word about our Buy-a-Shingle community challenge and help raise the new roof.


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Saturday, 3/11                 OBOB Grades 6-8 Regionals at Willamette High School

Sunday, 3/12                     Daylight Savings Begins

Thursday, 3/16                 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Friday, 3/17                       Lottery 10am

Friday, 3/24                       Last Day to Claim Lost & Found Items

Mon. 3/27-Fri. 3/31        Spring Break

Monday, 4/3                      Classes Resume (this is different from the rest of 4J!)

Tuesday, 4/4                     RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm

Mary's Weekly Update 2-2-17

posted Feb 7, 2017, 9:38 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Field Trip

On Wednesday, February 15th, we will be travelling to Kalapuya High School to tour their botany program and greenhouse.  We will leave our campus at 8:45 and travel by school bus to their site.  There we will tour their greenhouse growing native plants and a local farm and orchard.  We will also have an opportunity to get our hands dirty and plant our own native plants.  Afterwards, we will have a health lesson and sample some of the food they have grown.  We will return to our campus by noon.  We will not be needing drivers for our trip, but we will need at least 3 parents to come with us as chaperones.  Please let us know if you are able to help out with this trip.


History Research and Projects

Next week we will be starting our history research and projects for the Project Fair in April.  This work will be ongoing for the next couple of months, so please engage your student in conversation about their interests and plans for projects.  They will have an opportunity to study many different topics, so help them to think "broadly".  


Re-enrollment Forms

Bright green re-enrollment forms have been sent home today. Please ask the youngest child in your household for this form. You must fill it out and return it to the office by Friday, February 10th, in order to secure your child’s spot for the 2017-18 school year. If you have a sibling of a current Ridgeline student, who you wish to enroll for next year, please include their name on this form as well.


Birthday Bash for February (Half Birthday for July birthdays)

This month's Birthday Bash will be on Friday, the 10th.  Please feel free to send in a healthy snack for the class to share on that date.


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Friday, 2/3                       Yogurt Extreme Capital Campaign Fundraiser

Saturday, 2/4                  Pre-lottery Information Session 10am

Saturday, 2/4                  Middle School Information Session 10:40am

Monday, 2/6                    Upper-el Planned Parenthood 4th & 5th grade 1-2:15pm

Tuesday, 2/7                   RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm

Wednesday, 2/8             Upper-el Planned Parenthood 4th & 5th grade 1-2:15pm

Friday, 2/10                    Re-enrollment Forms Due

Saturday, 2/11               MELT Class Capital Campaign Fundraiser 1-3pm (see below for details)

Monday, 2/13        Planned Parenthood for 4th-6th grade 10:15-11:30

Thursday, 2/16              Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Monday, 2/20                 NO SCHOOL – Presidents Day

Tuesday, 2/21                Pre-lottery Information Session 6:30pm

Mary's Weekly Update 2-2-17

posted Feb 7, 2017, 9:35 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Field Trip

On Wednesday, February 15th, we will be travelling to Kalapuya High School to tour their botany program and greenhouse.  We will leave our campus at 8:45 and travel by school bus to their site.  There we will tour their greenhouse growing native plants and a local farm and orchard.  We will also have an opportunity to get our hands dirty and plant our own native plants.  Afterwards, we will have a health lesson and sample some of the food they have grown.  We will return to our campus by noon.  We will not be needing drivers for our trip, but we will need at least 3 parents to come with us as chaperones.  Please let us know if you are able to help out with this trip.


History Research and Projects

Next week we will be starting our history research and projects for the Project Fair in April.  This work will be ongoing for the next couple of months, so please engage your student in conversation about their interests and plans for projects.  They will have an opportunity to study many different topics, so help them to think "broadly".  


Re-enrollment Forms

Bright green re-enrollment forms have been sent home today. Please ask the youngest child in your household for this form. You must fill it out and return it to the office by Friday, February 10th, in order to secure your child’s spot for the 2017-18 school year. If you have a sibling of a current Ridgeline student, who you wish to enroll for next year, please include their name on this form as well.


Birthday Bash for February (Half Birthday for July birthdays)

This month's Birthday Bash will be on Friday, the 10th.  Please feel free to send in a healthy snack for the class to share on that date.


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Friday, 2/3                       Yogurt Extreme Capital Campaign Fundraiser

Saturday, 2/4                  Pre-lottery Information Session 10am

Saturday, 2/4                  Middle School Information Session 10:40am

Monday, 2/6                    Upper-el Planned Parenthood 4th & 5th grade 1-2:15pm

Tuesday, 2/7                   RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm

Wednesday, 2/8             Upper-el Planned Parenthood 4th & 5th grade 1-2:15pm

Friday, 2/10                    Re-enrollment Forms Due

Saturday, 2/11               MELT Class Capital Campaign Fundraiser 1-3pm (see below for details)

Monday, 2/13                Planned Parenthood for 4th-6th grade 10:15-11:30

Thursday, 2/16              Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Monday, 2/20                 NO SCHOOL – Presidents Day

Tuesday, 2/21                Pre-lottery Information Session 6:30pm

Mary's Weekly Update 1-27-17

posted Jan 30, 2017, 10:45 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Field Trip

We are currently planning a local field trip to the Kalapuya High School on the morning of February 15th to tour their botany program and greenhouse.  We will release details as soon as it is finalized.  We will not be needing drivers for our trip, but we will need at least 3 parents to come with us as chaperones.


Re-enrollment Forms

Bright green re-enrollment forms have been sent home today. Please ask the youngest child in your household for this form. You must fill it out and return it to the office by Friday, February 10th, in order to secure your child’s spot for the 2017-18 school year. If you have a sibling of a current Ridgeline student, who you wish to enroll for next year, please include their name on this form as well.


Grandparents’ Day, Friday, February 3rd 

Many of the classrooms are already full for the upcoming February 3rd Grandparents Day. If you have a Grandparent who is planning to attend, and has not yet signed up, please have them do so right away. We will not be putting more than six Grandparents in a class per session, so full means full! Local Grandparents, who are unable to sign up, are encouraged to contact their grandchild’s teacher to make arrangements to visit on a different day to have lunch.


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Friday, 1/30        NO SCHOOL - Professional Day (Grading)

Tuesday, 1/31                 Pasta Dinner Planning Committee Meeting 2pm

Tuesday, 1/31                 Site Council 6-7:30pm

Friday, 2/3                       Grandparents’ Day

Friday, 2/3                       Yogurt Extreme Capital Campaign Fundraiser

Saturday, 2/4                  Pre-lottery Information Session 10am

Saturday, 2/4                  Middle School Information Session 10:40am

Monday, 2/6                    Upper-el Planned Parenthood 4th & 5th grade 1-2:15pm

Tuesday, 2/7                   RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm

Wednesday, 2/8             Upper-el Planned Parenthood 4th & 5th grade 1-2:15pm

Friday, 2/10                    Re-enrollment Forms Due

Saturday, 2/11               MELT Class Capital Campaign Fundraiser 1-3pm (see below for details)

Thursday, 2/16              Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Monday, 2/20                 NO SCHOOL – Presidents Day

Tuesday, 2/21                Pre-lottery Information Session 6:30pm

Mary's Weekly Update 12-9-16

posted Dec 9, 2016, 10:58 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Health Awareness

With lots of people being indoors together over the holiday season, please be vigilant for head lice and remind students not to share hats and scarves.  Also, notices about requisite immunizations will be sent home in the coming week.



Inclement Weather and Emergency Closures

In the case of inclement weather that would make roads, school parking lots, driveways, or sidewalks unsafe for travel, Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School will be closed when the 4J school district is closed. If Ridgeline is scheduled to be in session, and no announcement is made, school is still in session as planned.  You may sign up for inclement weather text alerts from 4J at  http://www.4j.lane.edu/weather/#texts.


Exciting Extracurriculars in the Community:


Lane County 4-H Providing Free Winter Workshop Series for Youth!

In an effort to develop interest and excitement in 4-H and 4-H’s non-animal project areas, Lane County 4-H is hosting a series of winter workshops for youth! Workshops are completely free, and open to youth ages 9 – 18. Youth will get hands on experience with a number of different topics, and have the opportunity to leave each workshop with a finished project. RSVPs are required!

All workshops are held at the OSU Lane County Extension office in Eugene, and take place on Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The full schedule follows:

Jan. 14th Winter Container Gardening

Jan. 28th Quick Bread Making – Pumpkin bread, Zucchini Bread, and more!

Feb. 11th Nature Based Center Piece Creation!

Feb. 25th Knitting Basics – Make Your Own Washcloth!

Mar. 11th Prepare your Spring Garden!

Mar. 25th Food Preservation: Learn How to Make Jam!

April 8th Experience Fine Arts like Never Before!


Each workshop has a maximum capacity of 20 students, so RSVP today to reserve your spot by contacting Emily McDonald-Williams, (541) 344-5043, emily.mcdonald-williams@oregonstate.edu

OSU-Lane County’s Junior Master Naturalist Program Opens Registration!

Have you heard about our exciting new program, Junior Master Naturalist? Previously this program was only open to homeschool youth, but due to popular demand they are expanding it to ALL local youth in 4th – 8th grades! Youth participating in this program will learn about regional natural resources through field trips to local natural areas, hands-on science experiments, service projects, and outdoor adventures! Topics we will be exploring include wildlife, forestry, and watersheds!


For $20, attend at least 6 sessions to become a certified Junior Master Naturalist! Junior Master Naturalists have their 2017 4-H membership fee and Fair exhibitor fee waived and will be invited to JMN Spring Break Camp. Transportation is provided for all fieldtrips, and full scholarships are available.


This program meets weekly from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the OSU Extension Office at 996 Jefferson starting in January. Youth are separated by grade level, with 4th- 6th grade students meeting on Mondays, and 6th- 8th grade students meeting Wednesday. 6th grade student may register for either session based upon self-evaluated maturity and education levels.


Each session has a maximum capacity of 11 students, so register today to reserve your spot at, http://bit.ly/Lane4H. We hope you join us on our journey to explore Oregon’s natural resources!

For questions or more information contact Emily McDonald-Williams, (541) 344-5043, emilymcdonald-williams@oregonstate.edu



Afterschool Art Classes - 10 years and up

SE Eugene - just 5 minutes from Ridgeline!


$10/hour - Schedule and pay for 4 one-hour classes at a time ($40)

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, OR Thursdays 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Or can schedule other days/times if needed!

Individual or small classes that give individualized instruction tailored to each student’s level of ability (from basic beginnings to more complex, specific art techniques; such as, anatomy,

classical animation, digital Photoshop, etc.).  You bring the medium.  We teach the technique.  If Photoshop is desired, the student may use our program during class while enrolled.

Instructor is Matt Hawk, (a Ridgeline Dad) who has been teaching art classes in Eugene for the past 5 years.  With an Associate's Degree in Illustration and Graphic Design, he has 20+ years in the field (including book design, comic book design, video game design, classical animation, character development, card game design and more).  He has a lifetime of working with children through various camps and classes throughout the years.  Please call Kesha Hawk at 541.731.4626 or email thehawksaerie@gmail.com

to get on the schedule!  



RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Monday-Friday, Dec 12-16        Joy of Sharing

Wednesday, December 14         Grades 6-8 OBOB Meeting 3:15-4:30pm

Thursday, December 15             Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Friday, December 16        Last Day of School in December

Monday, December 19        Start of Winter Break

Tuesday, January 3                  NO SCHOOL – Planning Day

Wednesday, January 4                Classes Resume

Tuesday, January 10                       RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm

Wednesday, January 11          Grades 6-8 OBOB Meeting 3:15-4:30pm

                Dickie Jo’s Fundraiser

Thursday, January 12                  Dickie Jo’s Fundraiser

Friday, January13                      Grandparent’s Day

Friday, January 13                    Talent Show 6-8pm

Monday, January 16                    NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Mary's Weekly Update 12-1-16

posted Dec 1, 2016, 9:52 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Birthday Bash

We will be having our monthly Birthday Bash on Friday, December 9th.  Please feel free to send in a healthy snack for the whole class to share on that date.


Architects in Schools Program

We are very fortunate to be able to participate in the Architects in Schools Program this year.  This will be a year-long association with local engineering and architectural firms focused on trying to raise awareness of how we interact with architecture and engineering as a community.  Throughout the program we will be undertaking various projects, including several large group projects, with a goal of exhibiting at a gallery showing in April.  We will also be displaying our work at the Project Fair in the spring.  Our first meeting with be on Thursday, December 1st, with Chris Stranj.  


Health Awareness

As usual at this time of year, please make sure that your student is getting plenty of sleep and is staying hydrated.  Colds and flu are making the rounds, so we need to do what we can to stay healthy.  Also, with lots of people being indoors together over the holiday season, please be vigilant for head lice and remind them not to share hats and scarves.


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Saturday, December 3        10am - 12pm Student Marketplace & Continental Breakfast

Tuesday, December 6        6pm - 7:30pm RCO Meeting

Friday, December 9        Birthday Bash

Friday, December 16        Last Day of School in December


Mary's Weekly Update 11-10-16

posted Nov 10, 2016, 11:38 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Fri, Nov. 11                                   NO SCHOOL: Veteran's Day
Fri., Nov. 11 ALL DAY               TRUE Performance, Oregon School Board Association Conference, Portland + Portland Mini-Concerts
Tues, Nov. 15, 3:15-4:15:             TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, Nov. 16, 3:15-4:15:           TRUE Rehearsal
Fri, Nov. 18, 6-8:30pm                 Barnes & Noble Bookfair--TRUE + Performance
Sat., Nov. 19, 5-5:30pm               TRUE Performance, Axe & the Fiddle, Cottage Grove
Tues, Nov. 15, 3:15-4:15:             **NO TRUE Rehearsal
Tues, Nov. 29, 3:15-4:15:              **First ALL-IN TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, Dec. 1, 3:15-4:15pm          TRUE Rehearsal
Tues, Dec. 6, 3:15-4:15:                 TRUE Rehearsal
Thurs, Dec. 8, 3:15-4:15:               TRUE Rehearsal
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Dear Middle School Family,

As always, it was sincerely a pleasure to take the time to sit down with our students and their families at conferences to discuss how things are going.  Sounds like things are going well!  Please know that if you were unable to make the conference times, or if you ever want to check in with us, our whole Middle School Team is committed to Relationships above all else.  Let's meet!  

If you're feeling it, Sooner is ALWAYS better than Later.

Civic Action
We spent the day after the election working in small teams on our Civic Action Projects.  I didn't make space to for potentially contentious discussion about the results of the election.  That is not my place.  Instead, I put the students to work engaging in positive action for the betterment of our community, as planned.  On Wednesday, the four teams worked together to clearly define the Problems they are tackling.  

Next week, they'll start interviewing and surveying stakeholders in the Ridgeline Community, in order to better understand how the Problems are perceived by the community.  Our hope, of course, is that the Ridgeline Community will agree that these are pressing problems, and that the students' efforts to engage the community will begin to generate enthusiasm and support.

Policy is only effective if the members of the community understand it, embrace it, and participate in its execution.  The process for changing Policy, or establishing Policy, is not simple, and it's not quick.  We're going to take our time and do this right.  I keep emphasizing to the students that this is for real.  We're not playing at this.  We're doing it.

Complaining that something is not working does not make it work.  We're going to do the work to make these Policies work better for all of us.  

TRUE Expansion
Participation Agreements are coming home for TRUE this week.  If your student wants to participate in The Ridgeline Ukulele Extravaganza, they are required to enroll in the Monday/Wednesday Ukulele Elective.  They also must be able to participate in After School rehearsals on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:15pm.  We will start All-In Rehearsals on Tuesday, November 29.  Please return the Participation Agreements and payment as soon as possible.

Barnes and Noble Bookfair
Next Friday, November 18 is the Barnes and Noble Bookfair.  The middle school ukulele elective participants will be playing at about 6pm.  If your student is in the Ukulele Elective and wants to participate, please arrive at Barnes and Noble no later than 5:40pm.  We'll be done by 6:30pm.  

That's it for this week.  Take good care of each other.

Sincerely,
Jon and Maizzy

Mary's Weekly Update 11-3-16

posted Nov 3, 2016, 2:24 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Parent Conferences

Thank you so much to parents who were able to attend conferences!  That is such an important way that we can work together to support your student.  Also, Meridy and I will continue to process the great feedback we received from students and families. If you had a conference and still have questions (or you just have a question!), please do not hesitate to contact me (mary.bach-jackson@ridgeline.org).  



Weekly Reports and Time Utilization

A topic in many student conferences was time utilization in the classroom.  Lessons are carefully paced to ensure that we cover what we need to in the year so that students can be successful.  But this is a partnership and students need to meet us halfway by completing the follow-on assignments from lessons.   Many students have admitted to not using their time effectively in class, and so are not completing their assignments.  Work that is not completed in the classroom is encouraged to go home and be completed there (where possible).  


The Weekly Report sent out on Fridays details exactly what work your student has been assigned and the progress they have made on that work.  The goal is to complete 70%-100% of assignments each week.  If a student completes all of their assignments for the two-week period (woo hoo!), their next workplan will be on green paper (the kids call this "going green").   Students know that they can approach individuals with a green workplan to ask for help with anything.


So please help your student to be successful by asking these questions each day:

- did you complete 3-5 works today?

(this guideline should ensure that they stay on top of their work)


- did you complete at least two pages of math today?

(there are four pages of regular math and four pages of review or geometry assigned per week).


There is always time built into the school day to complete assigned works, so it is up to the student to use their time efficiently.   Please encourage your student to use the Post-It Note Club if they need/want help organizing their work.



Birthday Bash and Reading Day

Our Birthday Bash for November birthdays will be held on November 18th.  However, it has been pointed out that we have no November birthdays, so we are now combining this with a Reading Day!   Students will spend most of the morning reading in their pajamas under blanket forts, nibbling on snacks.  So please feel free to send in a healthy snack for the whole class to share on that date.



Barnes and Noble Bookfair

We will be doing interpretations of several of Aesop's Fables for the Barnes & Noble Bookfair this year.  The kids have been hard at work writing scripts and making masks so please plan on attending the bookfair on November 18th.  We really hope to see you there!



Stone Soup Day

We will be celebrating Stone Soup yet again this year on November 23rd.   I hope you can join us!



RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Sunday, November 6        Daylight Savings Ends — clocks back one hour

Monday, November 7        RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm — *note date change*

Thursday, November 10              The Physics of Rock ‘n Roll to benefit Capital Campaign 7-8pm

Friday, November 11                      NO SCHOOL — Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 16         Conversations with Chrystell 8:45-9:45am

Thursday, November 17               Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Friday, November 18        Birthday Bash/Reading Day in Room 8 and Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Tuesday, November 22                 Bring Veggies for Stone Soup

Wednesday, November 23           Stone Soup

Thursday, November 24              NO SCHOOL — Thanksgiving

Friday, November 25                      NO SCHOOL — Thanksgiving Break


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